We have all one time or another felt the stark reality of the saying “you don’t know what you got ’til its gone”; whether it’s through loss of money, lost of belongings or loss of loved ones. But how many of us have had things taken away, only to feel a refreshing sense of relief, freedom or, perhaps more curiously, indifference?
So many of us live in a world which encourages gains not losses. Our achievements as humans are focused on progression, improvement, growth. Naturally much of this involves the acquisition of the new. We look toward new cars, new homes, new clothes and new trendy restaurants to both renew and define us. We are literally consumed by consumerism. Continue reading Feeling Consumed by Consumerism? Discover the True Meaning of Zero Waste Living…
Well my lovely green beans its now officially a month to go until Zero Waste Week! That can only mean one thing: a full week packed full of nifty tips and advice on how to cut wastage at home, as well as confessional stories from me attempting to cut down on consumerism ,and thinking out side of the box for zero waste solutions.
Last month I ran a Zero Waste competition in anticipation of the week, with a BRITA Fill & Serve, and 3 BRITA Fill & Go’s up for grabs for anyone who could give me three of their favourite tools for a zero waste foodie kit. Continue reading What to Put in Your Zero Waste Foodie kit
For those of you who have been reading A Lazy Girl Goes Green for a while, you may have detected a slight theme in the kind of new products which get me all excited and shouting to the hill tops; they are either made for zero waste living, or for eating and drinking. So when I find a shiny new gadget for zero waste drinking or eating, well, I’m in lazy green heaven!
You also may or may not know that I have in the past had an irrational distaste for tap water (very princess of me, I know…) and, as someone who carries a water bottle with me everywhere, I have found success in the past with the BRITA Fill & Go Water Filter Bottle as part of my Zero Waste Foodie Toolkit.
Interestingly, just like me, despite having very good quality tap water available in every home, a recent OnePoll research study by BRITA found that nearly 30% of UK adults admit to using bottled water at home. One third of those questioned also confessed that they bought bottled water but didn’t believe they contribute to pollution because they recycle! With the UK alone using nearly 7.7 billion single use plastic water bottles this year, this is seriously adding to the rising tide of plastic pollution.
Well, my lovely lazy greenies, I’m very excited to inform you that in celebration of the success of BRITA’s plastic challenge month in June – as well as this month’s Plastic July AND Septembers Zero Waste Week – I have a BRITA Fill & Serve, and 3 BRITA Fill & Go’s to giveaway!
Continue reading Zero Waste Giveaway: Win BRITA Fill & Go Goodies
How the years fly by when you are busy having fun and living zero waste!
It only feels like yesterday I joined the jaw-droppingly inspiring Zero Waste Blog Ambassadors (and the beautiful brains of Rachelle Strauss) on the Zero Waste Week Campaign back in 2014. (Catch up on the last two years HERE.)
Now I am here in my third year of the campaign ready to step it up for another week of learning new tricks, sharing my successes and failures, and basically having an awesome fun time kicking waste to the kirb (not literally of course!) Continue reading Zero Waste Week: My Pledge to “Use it Up”!
I can’t believe its already day 5 of Zero Waste Week and what a week it’s been!! I must admit, I’ve been a terrible blogger and been so knee deep in my last week of work and packing to move house, that I haven’t had much time to blog!
But it’s not all been zero waste naughtiness over here, and I’ve been having lots of fun passing all my unwanted belongings on to friends, and on sites like Gumtree and Streetbank.
However, some items – especially clothes and small reusable containers – are actually easily upcycled with a few very easy tweeks, to breathe new life into them. So, though I have been looking at things as I pack thinking “will I miss it in the year I’m away, or should I part with it now?” I’ve also found myself asking “could I use this in someway in my backpack?” It’s a travel hoarders dream!!!
My very good friend Emily recently inspired me with the idea of T Shirt Hacks; quick and easy fashion updates which don’t involve a thread or a needle. My idea of upcycing heaven! This is perfect for making the clothes I’ve been wearing all summer in the UK, new and exciting for my summery days on the road!
I had a little dig to find some examples of how Emilys hacks works in reality before I braved a pair of scissors to my clothes on my 2 weeks off before my flight, and it appears there are 100s of ways you can update a simple T shirt with no sewing skills whatsoever! Here’s just three of them:
Continue reading Easy T Shirt Hacks for the Lazy Seamstress
Well my lovelies, Zero waste Week is here and has already gone off with a big bang!! Some of my fellow zero waste bloggers have already shared some fabulous tips, ideas and confessions for cutting down the waste, and the activity on social media was so electric yesterday, #zerowasteweek was even trending on Twitter!!
But this week is also big for another very exciting reason: it’s my last week working at the amazing Eden Project before I pack up all my things and move back to my parents home. In less than 3 weeks I’ll be off on my round the world trip!!
After months of successful planning and not so successful saving, I’ll soon be heading off on foot with just a 46L backpack and leaving all my worldly belongings behind.
This kind of life change calls for a MASSIVE clear out, so Zero Waste Week couldn’t come at a better time! Continue reading Packing solutions for the Green traveler
It’s that time of year again, when summer has reached its peak, Autumn seems just around the corner AND…it’s nearly time for Zero Waste Week!
For those of you who have been hiding behind your bins bags for the last 8 years (naughty, naughty!) Zero Waste Week is an awesome campaign to get us reducing our waste for just one week a year, in a bid to set us up with some money saving, and planet saving, habits.
This year the week will be running between 7th – 13th September, and the theme this time is one of my favourite pastimes: ‘Reuse’. What better way to be green than to save on resources and make the most of what you’ve already got?! All you need to do is sign up and pledge just one thing you plan to tackle during the week in the name of Zero Waste! Continue reading Zero Waste Week 2015 – My pledge to Reuse
Along with my purse, phone and keys, I carry my bobble water bottle wherever I go. It’s not necessarily that I’m a big water drinker (in fact, sometimes I can go all day without drinking any at all) but I never want to be caught short and forced to buy bottled water from the shop. Ever since I discovered more about the devastating effects of plastic pollution, the idea of buying water bottled when its readily available in taps makes no sense to me.
That said, we all get caught out once in a while, and the fact is that billions of plastic bottles continue to be produced worldwide. But what if these bottles could be recycled, and re-appropriated into something useful? Well I recently came across a company who is trying to salvage our plastic bottles, and turn them into things we can wear and use; and a lot of big brands are in on it.
Continue reading Plastic Bottle Fashion